Preach the Word Hardcover – 8 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly 50 years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meetings and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.
Todd Wilson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the author of several scholarly articles and a number of books, including Daniel: A 12-Week Study and a volume on Galatians in Crossway's Preaching the Word Commentary series. Todd and his wife, Katie, have seven children, three biological and four adopted from Ethiopia.
David Jackman (MA, Cambridge University) is a renowned Christian speaker and author. In addition to serving as a visiting lecturer at London's Oak Hill Theological College, he is also a former president of The Proclamation Trust, a ministry dedicated to encouraging and equipping Bible teachers around the world.
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Paul R. House (PhD, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as a professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School and has been a pastor-teacher in churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries for over 30 years. He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. House is the author of Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics--According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.
John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. He is known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, and his pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of The Master's College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
BRUCE WINTER is Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. He was a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Duane Litfin (DPhil, Oxford University; PhD, Purdue University) is president emeritus of Wheaton College where he served for seventeen years. He is the author of several books and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals.
Phillip D. Jensen is an evangelist, a Bible teacher, and the director of Two Ways Ministries.
Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.
Jon M. Dennis is cofounding pastor of Holy Trinity Church in downtown Chicago. Since moving to the city with his family in 1998, he has helped establish various ministries including Hope for Chicago, the Charles Simeon Trust, and the Chicago Partnership for Church Planting. He is a regular conference speaker and the coauthor of The Genesis Factor: Probing Life's Big Questions.
David R. Helm (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He also serves as Chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization which promotes practical instruction in preaching. He is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis), a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching, and the author of The Big Picture Story Bible and 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in the Preaching the Word commentary series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The contributors hit on a myriad of themes and topics. This becomes a strength and a weakness of the book. It is a strength because of the diversity of topics covered and a weakness in the sense that there is sometimes a lack of development or continuity.
Some of the chapters and themes include, interprative principles, biblical and historcal paradigms, comtemporary aims and challenges to expository preaching, the priority of training (both through the local church and through seminaries).
Some of my favorite essays were D.A. Carson's chapter on challenges for the 21st Century Pulpit. It is what we have come to expect from Carson, biblical, practical and motivating. In addition, Leland Ryken's essay on the Bible as Literature made me think and has caused me to be more careful in my handling of the various genres. MacArthur's chapter entitled, "Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth" was outstanding. It was very practical and therefore helpful.
The essay's also reached back to the past to highlight faithful men who have been heralding long before our day. Wallace Benn highlighted the ministry of Richard Baxter and J.I. Packer used Charles Simeon as a model for preaching.
Overall this is a flat out encouraging book for preachers or those who enjoy preaching. I really think it should be on every preaching pastor's bookshelf to serve as an instructive shot in the arm on a regular basis.
But this is a terrific book. Each essay was written on an aspect of preaching that would interest Dr. Hughes. Paul House had a great essay on preaching the great Old Testament narratives. He notes that for the early church, they were the God-breathed Scriptures. The aforementioned Dr. Grudem has a great article where he notes the importance of seeing the big picture, how the books of the Bible each have their own message and yet convey one unified thought (there are no contradictions).
John Macarthur (drawing on previously released material) has a nice essay on how he goes about his sermon preparation. The only area where I disagreed was how he waits until the end of the process to consult the commentaries. I look at those early on, after I've read the text and drawn up a preliminary central truth statement. Why, you say? Because the people who wrote these commentaries know their stuff! I want them with me throughout the process of sermon preparation, not just at the end.
D.A Carson's article about the challenges facing 21st century preachers is actually an adaptation of a talk he gave back in 2005. Some of the challenges include pressures to water down scriptural teaching, post modernism's insistence that there is no objective truth, and the inadequate training a pastor may have. Philip Jensen, in the same vain, challenges seminaries to gear their entire curriculum toward the training of expository preachers.
Throughout the book, authors make attempts at defining expository preaching, but my favorite one is the one Bryan Chapell gives where he says that expository preaching is when the message of the Scripture reading is the message of the sermon (or something close to that)
The most boring article was the one by Duane Litfin about the foolishness of preaching. I skimmed that one :)
On the other hand, the article describing Charles Simeon's philosophy of preaching was fascinating, and his ideas are still relevant today.
There was also a wonderful (and convicting) article by Bruce Winter on Paul's paradigm for preaching. His main idea is that preaching that simply exegetes the scripture is insufficient. You also have to know something about the people and the culture you are ministering to, and you need to apply the message to them. Winter's example is 1 Corinthians chapters 1-6.
The last article was a brief biography of R. Kent Hughes' life. It was lovingly written, and it shows how much prayer and family were important to Dr. Hughes. You also see how important it was for him to preach through books of the Bible as opposed to jumping around.
I sensed a great deal of love and respect for the Word of God and for one of its finest expositors, Dr. R. Ken Hughes. Highly recommended.
In this tumultuous time of pastoral turnover, Kent Hughes has been one of the exceptions. He has been in pastoral ministry for the past 41 years, 27 of which was as the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL. In December of 2006, he stepped down from his full-time pulpit ministry and was given the title, Senior Pastor Emeritus. Now, he is spending his "retirement" years training other pastors in the areas of biblical exposition and preaching.
Because of his expertise in, and passionate advocacy for, expository preaching, it is only fitting that his festschrift focuses exclusively on that subject. In Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes , Leland Ryken and Todd Wilson collected sixteen essays by Hughes' admirers. While I was not initially familiar with all of the writers, I was familiar with several of them such as Leland and Philip Ryken, Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, J. I. Packer, Phillip Jensen and D. A. Carson
Many times, multi-author collections are disjointed. They more often resemble theological journals than consistently unified, coherent books. That is not the case with this book. The marvelous editorial design is evident as each essay highlights a new facet of the broad section in which it was placed. And the facets of each section combine to form a true picture of the holistic beauty of expository preaching.
The success of the end product came about when the editors picked the individual authors. As they asked each author, they asked them to write about the area about which they were most passionate. Of course, that passion comes across in each individual essay, but it also creates a unified flow and a great overall picture.
While I can easily see this book becoming a staple in seminary classes, it should not be limited to academia. This is not an ivory tower book--it belongs in the libraries of local pastors. It should be read carefully with a highlighter, notebook and a pen. And, at least in my case, certain chapters should be read repeatedly as I seek to be as faithful in my ministry as Kent Hughes has been in his.